Amanda is what the Hollywood trades call a “hyphenate”—a writer, director, producer, and performer. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she directed her first play at age 9, mounting a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST in her parents’ garage. As a soloist, Amanda performed on the internationally broadcast TV show THE HOUR OF POWER for five years; and she continued with the organization as the contemporary choral conductor for The Gathering, working alongside Bobby Schuller.
Amanda’s first short film, HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, was a gift for her mentor, Cameron Crowe, and featured appearances by many of his friends including: Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Scarlett Johansson, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney, Harry Styles, and many others. Her first narrative short film, PRETTY PRETTY PRISON, is an official selection of 8 film festivals including Moscow Shorts International Film Festival, Golden State Film Festival at Mann’s Chinese Theater, Roma Cinema Film Festival, Five Continents Film Festival and 48 Independent at the Director’s Guild of America. The film won the audience award for Best Comedy in San Francisco at the Another Hole in the Head genre film festival.
Amanda is starring in an untitled comedy feature shooting this spring, from director Elena Altman. She can also be seen starring in the feature film MUD FLAT MURDERS, which is currently in post-production. She is in Pre-Production directing a feature film entitled BLOOD, SWEAT & GLITTER which will commence shooting in the spring of 2019.